Simon Ling, That's Live!

I paint in the street because the texture of decision-making is different. It feels sharper and healthier and quicker. One day, I saw a group of schoolkids approaching and I thought:"Here we go." But then one of them said something really perceptive: "That's live." And that is the reason I do it. I want to make this a live, but slightly shifted, version of the world that has me both in it and looking at it.
That's an excerpt from Simon Ling's interview with Nicholas Wroe and Simon Grant for their article Why Painting Still Matters in the Guardian. 
Simon Ling Untitled 2012
© Simon Ling Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy of greengrassi, London

Untitled, 2012, Oil on canvas, 120 x 90.5 cm

Simon Ling, Untitled 2012
© Simon Ling Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy of greengrassi, London

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